The page for Monday, April 22nd says:
At office 6:50 A.M. Get my pay rolls in good shape. John Moore, dynamiter, returns here. Says our drafts will not be taken for 10c at La Tola. One man had $90 draft returned to him from the Bank. He came to see Mr. Stapleton about his two drafts - $40 and $42. Handed them to me. I told him to keep them. Strange enough I saw Henry Lanado on Saturday lsat skulking around the little copse of woods near Mr. D.C.S house - just about where the watchman shot at last week. Is there and connection with his return. Receive mail from Harry, Susie, and Mr. Geo W. Holt to-day with papers too. Have been reading for 2 hours. Nothing from N.Y. Office in this mail. Boy is happy. Francis and I do a little patching on roadways. Men will quit if Mr. Stapleton washes down much more earth. They want to see him go down for the money to pay off. Probably will desert then too.
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Questions and comments:
- Nathaniel does not sound optimistic about the future of the mine.
- Harry and Susie are his brother and sister.
- I don’t know who George Holt is.